Meet our herd of Myotonic Goats

Fainted!
Fainted!

Fainting Goats

This breed has several names- the most common are Myotonic, Tennessee Fainting, Nervous, and Scare goats. The names refer specifically to myotonia congenita, a condition in which the muscle cells experience prolonged contraction when the goat is startled. The transitory stiffness associated with these contractions can cause the goat to stop moving, stiffen, and even fall down. This is not a true faint, but a muscular phenomenon unrelated to the nervous system. The actual degree of stiffness may vary widely from goat to goat and is based on a number of factors, including age, species purity, and degree of fright.

 

As strange as this may sound, these little critters have actually served an historical purpose. Shepherds often kept the goats in with their flocks as insurance in case of predator attacks. The theory went something like this- as wolves would come down from the hills to attack a flock of sheep, the goats would become startled and, as per the name of their breed, they would faint. The sheep would make a clean getaway, as the wolves would focus on the stunned goats rather than pursue the fleeing sheep. Not that wonderful if you were one of the goats, sure, but downright dandy if you happened to be a sheep.

Our Fainting Goats at Sink Hollow Farm

Libby (doe)      DOB 05/02/10

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.
Black and white doe, polled with brown eyes.

Lilly (doe)      DOB 03/10/11

Black & White; polled; brown-eyed

Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.
Lilly is black and white, polled, brown eyes.

ZOE (doe)     DOB 02/19/12

Brown & white; horned; golden-eyed

MGR     B5357

Brown and white doe with marbled eyes.  Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.
Brown and white doe with marbled eyes. Purchased from Liberty Hill Farms.

CAMELIA JUNE (doe)    DOB 03/08/13

Black & White; horned; blue-eyed

MGR      B8821

Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes.  From Liberty Hills Farm.
Calypso is our black and white doe with blue eyes. From Liberty Hills Farm.

REBEL (doe) DOB 04/09/15

Tri-colored; horned; blue-eyed

MGR     D6586

Rebel - Tri colored doe with blue eyes
Rebel - Tri colored doe with blue eyes

FRANNIE (doe)     DOB 01/23/13

Red & White; gold eyes (POLLED)

MGR     B8740

CANDY (doe)     DOB 04/21/15

Blue, white, tan with crystal blue eyes (HORNED)

MGR     D1989

HAPPY HOUR (doe)     DOB 03/24/13

Tri color; brown eyes (HORNED)

MGR     B9460

PEEPS (Doe)     DOB 04/05/15

Blue & White; horned; blue eyed

MGR     D1990

Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015
Purchased from Jill & Nicole Hill of Rock-a-bye-Hill Farm born April 5, 2015

Little BoPeep (Doe)     DOB 04/19/16

Blue & White; horned; marbled eyes

MGR     D6580

Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016
Little BoPeep - Sire is Knickerbocker and Dam is Peeps born April 19, 2016

JEZEBEL (Doe)     DOB 03/16/15

Tri-colored; polled; blue eyed

MGR     D6582

Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.
Twin does born to Zoe and Knickerbocker.

PATSY CLINE (Doe)     DOB 02/06/16

Tri-colored; horned; marbled eyes

MGR     C8536

Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe.  Joined our farm 4-10-16.
Beautiful tri-colored, horned, doe. Joined our farm 4-10-16.

Shopping Shirley (Doe)     DOB 02/26/16

Brown, black, and white peacock pattern; polled; brown-eyed

MGR     C8539

Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.
Brown peacock doe with brown eyes.

Apocyliptic (Doe)     DOB 03/25/16

Black, blue, white peacock pattern; horned; blue eyed

MGR     C8688

Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.
Black white peacock pattern with beautiful blue eyes.

Chatty Cathy (CC) (Doe) DOB 03/07/16

Black & white; disbudded; brown eyed

FOR SALE $225.00

MGR     C8116

Iris (Doe)     DOB 04/07/16

Tri colored - flower pattern - marbled eyes

MGR     D0043

Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.
Purchased from: Jill Wallace's Crazy Acres, Casey, IL.

Shasta Daisy (Doe)     DOB 01/14/17

Tri-colored - flower pattern - blue eyes

MGR     D1855

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Trippin Molly (Doe)     DOB 01/18/17

Black, White, Tan- horned - marbled blue eyes

MGR     D1896

Say it Ain't So Stella (Doe)     DOB 01/15/17

Chocolate, Gray, Tan, and white - Polled - Moonspotted - blue eyes

MGR     D1879

Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.
Purchased from Liberty Hill Farm.

Dapple Apple (doe)     DOB 03/10/17

Heavily moonspotted - black, tan, silver, white

MGR     D7810

Willow (Doe)     DOB 03/20/17

Red, white, black; horned; brown eyes

MGR     D3313

Henny Penny (Doe)     DOB 04/19/17

Tan, polled, with marbled eyes

MGR     D7802

PAISLEY   (Doe)          DOB 04/30/17

Black and white, polled, blue eyes

MGR     D3307

DHARMA (Doe)     DOB 01/18/18

Black & white with gray, chocolate & tan moonspots  Brown eyes.

MGR     D7809

WONDER (Doe)  DOB 03/27/18

Black, white, Chocolate Moonspots

MGR     D7808

Who Spilt the "Beans"                                       DOB  2/20/19

Eleanor Wigby                                                             DOB 2/20/19

These Boots were made for walking "Bootsy"                          DOB   2/24/19